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A Paris court on Monday found three former French government officials and three others guilty on charges involving millions of euros in kickbacks from arms sales to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia signed in 1994.

The court handed the men prison sentences of two to five years over the so-called “Karachi affair” which has dogged former prime minister Edouard Balladur, facing trial on charges he used the kickbacks to help fund his failed 1995 presidential bid.

They were the first convictions to emerge after more than a quarter-century of investigations named after the Pakistani city where a bus carrying French defence engineers was blown up in 2002, killing 15 people.

Al Qaeda was initially suspected of the attack, but the focus later shifted to the arms deals on suspicions the bombing may have been in retaliation for non-payment of promised bribes.

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  1. “What’s the ‘Karachi affair’?

    Investigations into the so-called “Karachi affair” began after 11 French engineers were killed in a Karachi bombing in 2002.

    Pakistani authorities blamed Islamist militants, but there were suspicions that the car bombing, which wrecked a bus, was an act of revenge after then-French President Jacques Chirac ordered the payments of secret arms deal commissions to stop.”

    They are suspecting our agencies did this bombing as retaliation for not getting their promised commission.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53054474

  2. Why call it Karachi affairs why not Paris affair kick backs were taken by French and they are guilty plus the deal also involved Saudi Arabia . As usual pathetic journalism by down.com .

  3. Pakistani economy gone in negative.It is a only nation in the world it’s inflation is touching new high even during coronavirus economic crisis.Its forex reserves declined to 16 billion dollar.

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